Hi all, I am new to chicken keeping. I decided on Silver and gold laced Wyandottes after seeing all the beautiful pictures of the Silvers with their perfect lacing and round bodies. I didn't care that they started laying later than most other breeds or didn't have as big an egg or were not as productive as some breeds. I didn't know that there was such a difference in breeder vs hatchery birds. I ordered from a local feed store which gets it's birds from Privett Hatchery in New Mexico. So my SLW's are like so many others I have seen here. Kind of a mix of white and black feathers with little or poor lacing, such as a white sliver running down the center of the feather or several all white feathers next to all black feathers. They are very healthy, active and not very round birds. They are currently 8 weeks old. Also, despite having handled them gently and frequently and hand feeding them worms and other treats, they are sort of flighty and stand offish. They will come to me but refuse to let me touch them or pick them up. I have read that they will possibly loose their rather disappointing feathers at first and then second molt and begin to show more lacing the breed is known for. I have six silver, six golden and five blue laced. The golden and blue laced look pretty good and while not show quality, they are very symmetrically laced.
So here are some questions I hope some of you might be able to address or maybe you have the same concerns. Do SLW's typically mature and develop lacing later than the other variants of Wyandottes? If so, when do they usually show their final adult colors? Since they are probably some sort of hybrid or just poorly bred birds and not show quality, might I expect more and/or larger eggs?